Vampire Hunting Kit

Travelers in the 19th century would purchase ‘vampire hunting kits’ in preparation for their travels to Eastern Europe. The kits would contain a wooden stake, Bible, crucifix, pistol with lead bullets, gunpowder, garlic and glass vials that held various concoctions to ward off vampires. Interestingly, these kits predated Bram Stoker’s Dracula and other written accounts of vampires, pointing to the strong oral history component of the undead bloodsucker.

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I’m not really up on the whole vampire thing… are they as much of a concern as zombies? A few of the items in the kit would work on zombies too by the look of it.

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That one guy June 7, 2011 at 12:24 am

I have a vampire kit too. It contains a crucifix, holy water, a bible, and an Auto five with plenty of buck & ball :D

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Tim Ellwood June 7, 2011 at 05:25 am

Have to call BS on this one as the knife is made in China, the axe is only about 40 years old and the derringer is a non gun. Although the letter is dated 1890, Masking tape (as seen on the bottle marked Garlic) was not invented until 1925.

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MattCFII June 7, 2011 at 09:47 am

+1

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That Guy June 7, 2011 at 07:49 am

I’m going to agree with Tim. They did not have Dymondwood handle scale material:
http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/product_info.php?cPath=587_826_608_796&products_id=1457
for cheap Chinese 440C stainless knife blanks:
http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/product_info.php?products_id=716 (Slightly different blade shape for grinding off the serrations)

back in the 1800s.

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JonMac June 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

All of these kits are BS, to greater or lesser degrees. All are 2nd half of the 20th century. This is a particularly weak one – probably not originally intended to deceive.

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Matthew June 7, 2011 at 09:19 pm

i thought the traditional vampire killing load was a silver bullet, not lead.

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Josh June 8, 2011 at 07:38 pm

i thought the traditional vampire killing load was a silver bullet, not lead.

I thought traditional vampire killing was done with a wooden stake. I think the silver bullets are for werewolves.

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Perturbo June 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

I remember seeing a article about a vampire hunting kit in Guns and Ammo many many years ago. I was a much nicer (less distressed) kit than this one.

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